Welcome to the Carolina Garrison!


The Carolina Garrison is the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion. Formed by South Carolina residents, Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in August 1997, the 501st Legion has grown to become an all-volunteer / fan-based, international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 9,500 active members representing 6 continents and more than 47 nations. The 501st Legion also contains over 15,500 approved costumes worldwide through its members. Well known for its charity work, the 501st Legion has become the preferred costuming group for Lucasfilm Ltd. / Disney when it comes to high profile Star Wars events.


The 501st Legion strives to celebrate the Star Wars saga through highly-detailed costumes and props, in particular those of the Galactic Empire and other various “bad guy” characters. No matter if you are a current member or interested in joining our ranks, there are many characters to choose from in this vast galaxy created by George Lucas. Characters from the Prequel Trilogy, Original Trilogy, The Clone Wars animated series, Star Wars: Rebels and the new film sagas, beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The options are almost boundless. There is definitely no shortage to the "bad guy characters" you could portray.


If you live in the North & South Carolina borders and are interested in joining the 501st Legion, please sign up on our Carolina Garrison forums today to find out how to take part in the Star Wars universe.



"You've taken your first steps into a larger world" - (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope)


June 3 – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Star Wars Night (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Star Wars Night at the Pelican’s Ballpark. Photos/Pictures with fans on concourse & around the stadium during the game, and on the field before the

June 03, 2017 Mission Reports

June 2 – Rogue One Under The Stars (Cary, NC)

This was our second year supporting the Wake Med Children’s hospital at this event. We fielded 17 characters at this event with help from Talon

June 02, 2017 Mission Reports

May 28 – Gravitopia Star Wars Theme Day (Greenville, SC)

The call went out to all rebels, Mandos and 501st members and was answered in a large force. We invaded Gravitopia with 14 charters total

May 28, 2017 Mission Reports

May 21 – Wings Over Wayne Airshow (Goldsboro, NC)

On odd numbered years, SJAFB opens it’s doors for the Wings Over Wayne Airshow, featuring the best military and civilian aviators and their aircraft. Over

May 21, 2017 Mission Reports

May 7 – Charleston Riverdogs Star Wars Night (Charleston, SC)

Star Wars Night at the “Joe” (Joe is what the call the Stadium). Kids got in and ate for free. There were over 4,000 people.

May 07, 2017 Mission Reports

May 4 – Hemby Children’s Hospital Visit

The Empire and a Rebel where able to do a visit to the children’s hospital just to meet with patients in honor of May the

May 04, 2017 Mission Reports

March 25-26: SC ComicCon (greenville, SC)

This was the 4th year of SC ComicCon and this event is really growing fast. We had a great turnout of troopers and an incredibly

March 26, 2017 Mission Reports

March 26 – 29th Annual Kidsfair (Charleston, SC)

Kids Fair 2017 was to empower, enlighten and educate children and families about health, wellness and education with many interactive activities. There were easily well

March 26, 2017 Mission Reports

March 18-19: BrickFest Live (Charleston, SC)

BrickFest Live is a LEGO Fan Experience for enthusiasts of all ages. The BrickFest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities

March 18, 2017 Mission Reports

March 18-19 – Oak City ComicCon (Raleigh, NC)

NCC is a one-of-a-kind annual event with a unique approach geared specifically to the triangle, and it draws in the major creators of today. Hugely

March 18, 2017 Mission Reports
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The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm LLC., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. ©2017 Lucasfilm LLC. & ™ All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
The Carolina Garrison is the only official chapter of the 501st Legion in North and South Carolina. Any use of the name or logo(s) of the 501st Legion and/or Carolina Garrison by other groups is unofficial and not approved by the Garrison or Legion unless otherwise stated.